New Release: The Story of Bluebeat The Best in Ska 1960 CD

The Story of Blue BeatThere’s a new collection about to hit stores presenting the best of early Ska from the label that came to best represent it in the UK and around the world – Bluebeat. The release features a chronological collection of A and B sides on the label starting with the first release from 1959 BB-1 featuring “Boogie Rock” & “Heavenly Angel” by Laurel Aitken & The Boogie Cats through BB-25 “More Whisky” by Laurel Aitken with Duke Reid & His Group backed with “Parapinto Boogie” by Lloyd Clarke with Duke Reid & His Group from 1960. There are of course bonus tracks included on the 2 disc set. Enthucol, who wrote the liner notes to the release, had this to say about the collection: It collects together all the ‘Jamaican’ sides (i’e sides that they felt would appeal to a Jamaican audience, not just those recorded in Jamaica) issued by Melodisc during 1960, principally on ‘Blue Beat’ but pleasantly collects relevant sides issued on subsidiaries like ‘Duke’ and ‘Melodisc’ as well.

Set for release on June 28 you can pre-order it on Amazon,com.

Read the full tracklisting below.
DISC ONE: SHOCKIN’! THE ‘A’ SIDES

1. Boogie Rock – Laurel Aitken & The Boogie Cats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-1A
Produced by Deonarine ‘Dada’ Tewari / Down Beat Records
(P) 1959

2. Dumplin’s – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
(Doc Bagby, Irving Nathan) Florida Music Co. Ltd. / Songs For Today Ltd.
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-2A
Produced by Byron Lee / Dragon’s Breath Records
(P) 1960

3. Manny Oh – Higgs & Wilson with Ken Richards & His Comets
(Joe Higgs, Ron Wilson) Copyright Control
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-3A
Produced by Edward Seaga / WIRL Records
(P) 1960

4. Lollipop Girl – The Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Clifton Harriott) Copyright Control
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-4A
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
(P) 1960

5. My Hearts Desire – The Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Clifton Harriott) Musicare Ltd.
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-5A
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
(P) 1960

6. Worried Over You – Keith & Enid with Trenton Spence & His Group
(Simeon Smith) Acorn Publishing
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-6A
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
(P) 1960

7. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan
(Derrick Seymour Morgan) Westbury Music Ltd.
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-7A
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
(P) 1960

8. Cutest Little Woman – Owen Gray with Kenneth Richards & His Band
(Owen Gray) Westbury Music Ltd.
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-8A
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
(P) 1960

9. Album Of Memory – The Magic Notes with Kenneth Richards & His Band
(Simeon Smith) Copyright Control
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-9A
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
(P) 1960

10. Jeannie Is Back – Laurel Aitken
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-10A
A Regal Records Production
(P) 1960

11. Send Me – Keith & Enid with Trenton Spence & His Group
(Simeon Smith) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-11A
(P) 1960

12. Don’t Cry – Derrick Morgan & The Ebonies
(Derrick Seymour Morgan) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-12A
(P) 1960

13. Judgment Day – Laurel Aitken with Ken Richards & His Harmonisers
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-14A
(P) 1960

14. Easy Snapping – Clue J’s Blues Blasters with vocal by Theophilus Beckford
(Theophilus Beckford) Oemeron Music Ltd.
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-15A
(P) 1960

15. Time To Pray (Allelujah) – The Mellow Larks with Clue J & His Blues Blasters
(Basil Glendon Gabbidon, Lloyd Altamont Thomas Robinson) Westbury Music Ltd.
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-16A
(P) 1960

16. Muriel – Alton & Eddy with Clue J & His Blues Blasters
(Clement Seymour Dodd) New Town Sound Ltd. / Jamrec Music
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-17A
(P) 1960

17. Lover Boy – Derrick Morgan with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Seymour Morgan) Copyright Control
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-18A
(P) 1960

18. Till The End Of Time – Chuck & Dobby with Duke Reid & His Group
(Ralph Highland Dobson) Upstairs Music
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-19A
(P) 1960

19. Baby What You Done Me Wrong – Bobby Kingdom & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Aitken, Bobby Muir) Copyright Control
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-20A / DA-3115
(P) 1960

20. Shockin’ – Lynn Hope
(Henry Glover, Myron C. Bradshaw) Lark Music Ltd.
A King (USA) Recording
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-21A
(P) 1960

21. Railroad Track – Laurel Aitken & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-22A / DA-3083
(P) 1960

22. Cool School – Chuck & Dobby with Duke Reid & His Group
(Ralph Highland Dobson, Chuck Josephs) Copyright Control
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-23A
(P) 1960

23. I Wanna Love – Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Harriott) Musicare Ltd.
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-24A
(P) 1960

24. More Whisky – Laurel Aitken with Duke Reid & His Group
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Sunbeam Music
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-25A
(P) 1960

Bonus Tracks (The Subsidiaries):

25. Little Vilma – The Blues Busters with Luther ‘Wee Willie’ Williams & His Orchestra
(Lloyd Osbourne Campbell, Phillip James) Creole Music Ltd.
A Limbo Records Production
Original UK release: Limbo, 45/XL-101A
(P) 1960

26. Jamaica Blues – Azie Lawrence
(Azie Lawrence) Copyright Control
A Melodisc Recording
Original UK release: Melodisc, 45/1563, DA-3066
(P) 1960

27. Mary Lee – Laurel Aitken & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Melodisc, 45/1570A, DA-3085
(P) 1960

28. The Wasp – The Bubbles
(The Bubbles) Copyright Control
A Wasp Recording
Original UK release: Duke, DK-1001A
(P) 1960

29. Pink Lane Shuffle – Duke Reid & His Group
(Arthur Stanley Reid) Jack Russell Music Ltd.
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Duke, DK-1002A
(P) 1960

DISC TWO: OH, MY! THE ‘B’ SIDES

1. Heavenly Angel – Laurel Aitken & The Boogie Cats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Produced by Deonarine ‘Dada’ Tewari / Down Beat Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-1B
(P) 1959

2. Kissin’ Gal – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires with vocal by Buddy Davidson
(Lester Williams, Byron Lee) Creole Music Ltd.
Produced by Byron Lee / Dragon’s Breath Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-2B
(P) 1960

3. When You Tell Me Baby – Higgs & Wilson with Ken Richards & His Comets
(Joe Higgs, Ron Wilson) Copyright Control
Produced by Edward Seaga / WIRL Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-3B
(P) 1960

4. Dearest Darling – The Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Harriott) Copyright Control
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-4B
(P) 1960

5. I Love You – The Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Harriott) Copyright Control
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-5B
(P) 1960

6. Everything Will Be Alright – Keith & Enid with Trenton Spence & His Group
(Altamont Stewart, Enid Campbell)
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-6B
(P) 1960

7. I’m Gonna Leave You – Derrick Morgan
(Derrick Morgan) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-7B
(P) 1960

8. Running Around – Owen Gray with Kenneth Richards & His Band
(Owen Gray) Westbury Music Ltd.
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-8B
(P) 1960

9. Why Did You Leave Me – The Magic Notes with Kenneth Richards & His Band
(Simeon Smith) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-9B
(P) 1960

10. If It’s Money You Need – Laurel Aitken
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-10B
A Regal Records Production
(P) 1960

11. People Will Say We’re In Love – Trenton Spence & His Group
(Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) Imagem Music
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-11B
(P) 1960

12. I Pray For You – Derrick Morgan & The Ebonies
(Derrick Morgan) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-12B
(P) 1960

13. Yea Yea Baby – Laurel Aitken with Ken Richards & His Harmonisers
(Laurel Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-14B
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
(P) 1960

14. Goin’ Home – Clue J’s Blues Blasters with vocal by Theophilus Beckford
(Theophilus Beckford) Copyright Control
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-15B
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
(P) 1960

15. Love You Baby – The Mellow Larks with Clue J & His Blues Blasters
(Basil Gabbidon) Copyright Control
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-16B
(P) 1960

16. Silky? – Clue J & His Blues Blasters, featuring Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriquez & Roland Alphonso
(Cluett Johnson) Copyright Control
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-17B
(P) 1960

17. Oh My! – Derrick Morgan with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Seymour Morgan) Westbury Music
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-18B
(P) 1960

18. What Makes Honey – Duke Reid’s Group
(Arthur Stanley Reid) Priestman Music Publishing
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-19B
(P) 1960

19. Go Pretty Baby Go – Bobby Kingdom & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Aitken, Bobby Muir) Copyright Control
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-20B / DA-3116
(P) 1960

20. Blue And Sentimental – Lynn Hope
(William ‘Count’ Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston) Warner Chappell Music International Ltd. / Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
A King (USA) Recording
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-21B
(P) 1960

21. Tell Me Darling – Laurel Aitken & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-22B / DA-3086
(P) 1960

22. The Joker – Duke Reid’s Group
(Arthur Stanley Reid) Priestman Music Publishing
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-23B
(P) 1960

23. Duke’s Cookies – Duke Reid’s Group
(Arthur Stanley Reid) Jack Russell Music Ltd.
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-24B
(P) 1960

24. Parapinto Boogie – Lloyd Clarke with Duke Reid & His Group
(Arthur Stanley Reid, Lloyd Clarke) Jack Russell Music Ltd.
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-25B
(P) 1960

Bonus Tracks (The Subsidiaries):

25. Early One Morning – The Blues Busters with Luther ‘Wee Willie’ Williams & His Orchestra
(Lloyd Osbourne Campbell, Phillip James) Creole Music Ltd.
A Limbo Records Production
Original UK release: Limbo, 45/XL-101B
(P) 1960

26. Come Rumble And Tumble With Me – Azie Lawrence
(Azie Lawrence) Copyright Control
A Melodisc Recording
Original UK release: Melodisc, 45/1563, DA-3065
(P) 1960

27. Lonesome Lover – Laurel Aitken & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Melodisc, 45/1570B, DA-3084
(P) 1960

28. Bopping In The Barnyard – The Bubbles
(The Bubbles) Copyright Control
A Wasp Recording
Original UK release: Duke, DK-1001B
(P) 1960

29. Low Down Dirty Girl – Laurel Aitken with Duke Reid & His Group
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Duke, DK-1002B
(P) 1960

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